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Jane Austen and the Popular Novel

The Determined Author

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Literary Context and Austen’s Early Fiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anthony Mandal
      Pages 41-74
    3. Anthony Mandal
      Pages 75-88
  3. Austen’s Regency Novels

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 217-253

About this book


This book offers a reinterpretation of Austen's later novels by exploring their interactions with the fiction of the 1810s. Building on recent bibliographic research into the novel, this study situates Austen in the literary marketplace and offers new insights into the nature of her 'innovation', which arises from her sensitivity to the genre.


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About the authors

ANTHONY MANDAL is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cardiff, UK. His research focuses on the Romantic novel, book history and the Gothic. He is editor of the journal Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, co-editor of The English Novel, 1830-1836 (2003) and The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe (forthcoming, 2007), and developer of British Fiction, 1800-29: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (2004).

Bibliographic information


'Jane Austen and the Popular Novel ought to transform our understandings of this celebrated author. In his groundbreaking study, Anthony Mandal overturns key assumptions about Austen's authorship, presenting new research on her publishers and would-be publishers and offering illuminating readings of Regency-era fiction. Anyone serious about his or her Austen should read this book.' - Devoney Looser, Department of English, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

'Such detailed knowledge of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century publishing trade makes this an especially important contribution to Austen Studies. [...] Jane Austen and the Popular Novel may be unassuming in appearance but its scope and significance are far from modest.' - Fiona Stafford, Somerville College, Oxford - BARS Bulletin & Review